My Dad's No-Fail Mayonnaise



  • large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon  lemon juice, or a vinegar of your choosing
  • 1 Tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon  Dijon mustard
  •   Salt, to taste
  • small clove garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon  chopped tarragon
  • 1 Cup  canola oil

The Accidental Locavore never buys mayonnaise anymore because it's so easy to make, and once you've had homemade mayo, you're spoiled for life. My dad taught me a long time ago how to make mayonnaise, so here is his no-fail recipe.


In the bowl of a food processor (blender, or stick blender will work) add the egg, lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, salt, garlic, and herbs. Process a few times until well mixed. With the motor running, very slowly pour in about a cup of oil. My father uses ¼ cup olive oil and the rest canola. As you keep pouring you will see it start to emulsify and look like mayonnaise, when it’s your desired texture, stop, and taste. Correct seasonings and you’re done.



Calories per serving:

267 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb, Low Sodium Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 237g 364%
  • Carbs 4g 1%
  • Saturated 20g 98%
  • Fiber 1g 3%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Monounsaturated 150g
  • Polyunsaturated 64g
  • Protein 7g 15%
  • Cholesterol 186mg 62%
  • Sodium 239mg 10%
  • Calcium 60mg 6%
  • Magnesium 20mg 5%
  • Potassium 163mg 5%
  • Iron 2mg 10%
  • Zinc 1mg 6%
  • Phosphorus 125mg 18%
  • Vitamin A 84µg 9%
  • Vitamin C 7mg 12%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 4%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 16%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 1%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 8%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 32µg 8%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 7%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 41mg 203%
  • Vitamin K 164µg 205%
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